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Reviews Average rating 4.78 (maximum 5) from 18 reviews
Duration Four days
(April - October 2018)
(March - October 2019)
Destinations Adelaide (SA), Alice Springs, Coober Pedy (SA), Darwin, Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk N P), Katherine, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge)
Departs from Darwin
Departure/Pickup Instructions Pick up from selected Darwin hotels
Departure Time 10:45am (Wed)
Arrival Point Adelaide
Arrival Time 10.50AM (Sat)
Suitable for Everyone
Itinerary DAY 1
Depart Darwin to Katherine.
Your journey aboard the legendary Ghan begins at Darwin Rail Station where you'll take the small but momentous step from platform to carriage.
Friendly staff will lead you through corridors to your comfortable private cabin where you can take your time settling in and exploring the amenities as the view outside your window begins its smooth and spectacular transformation.
Lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and delight with culinary wonders prepared onboard by our talented chefs.
All food is included in your fare, from a hearty full cooked breakfast to a delectable 3 course dinner.
And as you sit back and loosen your belt, you'll have arrived in Katherine ready to experience your first included Off Train Excursion to the magnificent and spiritual Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the idyllic Katherine River, gazing in awe at the towering sandstone cliffs, learning the Aboriginal and geological history of the area.
Take time to soak up the ancient beauty and inspiring silence of one of the world's untainted natural wonders. Or gain a moving insight into the culture and ways of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, with an exclusive tailormade cultural experience.
If you'd prefer to ramp it up a notch, you're welcome to upgrade your excursion with a helicopter flight or scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks, providing unparalleled views of the geographic wonders that gave rise to many of the aboriginal Dreamtime stories.
Back on board you'll return to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, enjoying dinner as the sun sets over the outback.
Then back in your room you'll find your bed turned down with a cheeky nightcap waiting on the bedside table. As the train rolls soothingly onwards, fall asleep in awe of wonders seen, and excited by those yet to come.
Wake up to a new view outside your window, in a world which feels a million miles from home. An outback sunrise could be one of the most spectacular you'll ever see, setting the tone for the day ahead.
After coffee, a juice and a sumptuous breakfast you'll arrive in Alice Springs.
Here you have the opportunity to embark on one of the included Off Train Excursions, taking in the delights of this famous outback town. A full day in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia's incredible flora and fauna or explore the Alice at your own leisure.
At this point you may choose to upgrade your excursion with the ultimate outback experience; an intimate scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
There really is no better way to comprehend the vastness of the Northern Territory.
Come the evening you'll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback Bush Barbecue set in a strikingly lit quarry.
This is a truly unique experience with live Australiana music and a feast of mouthwatering steak and traditionally made damper.
After dessert, cast your eyes skyward and ponder life, the universe and everything with an informative astronomical talk.
And with a full belly and deep sense of wonderment, it's back on the train to rest up and roll out of Alice Springs, fulfilled in every sense of the word.
After breakfast this morning you'll wake up and rub your eyes with disbelief as we pull into the middle-of-nowhere stop at Manguri.
Here, a friendly tour guide awaits ready to whisk you away for the day. Your destination - the sun-scorched opal mining capital of world, Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground.
Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where you may even catch opal fever as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and glimpse the famous Coober Pedy Golf Course - the only course in the world boasting reciprocal rights with St. Andrew's course in Scotland.
Below the earth's surface, you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways.
After an eye-opening action-packed day - if you haven't chosen to stay and find your fortune - it's back on board with plenty of time to ease into a slower gear and prepare yourself for your final evening onboard The Ghan.
Dine in style in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, meet and share stories with new friends in the Outback Explorer Lounge (open until late) or simply head back to the privacy of your cabin to wind down, read a book and plan your next epic journey.
Arrive in Adelaide
Looking out of your window this morning you'll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia.
After breakfast you'll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide
Inclusions All meals. Breakfast, lunch, dinner from the new regional based menu.
and beverages onboard
Standard wines, beers, base spirits, soft drinks
Off Train Tours at Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy.
Dinner under the stars at Alice Springs Transfer from select Darwin CBD hotels to Darwin Station.
Exclusions Optional. Uluru and Kata Tjuta Scenic flight optional ($1249 per person)
Scenic Flight from Alice Springs- flying closely around Uluru and Kata Tjuta and then returning to Alice Springs. Approx flight time is 3hrs in total
What To Bring Due to cabin space constraints, it is recommended guests take an ‘overnight bag’ containing all requirements for their journey with them in their cabin and check-in all other luggage. Guests are permitted to check-in a maximum 50kg luggage free of charge (2 items not exceeding 25kg each).
Note: Checked-in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.
Child Policies Child fares are available to children 4-15 years of age (inclusive) or where a child occupies a seat or berth. Infants travel free on Great Southern Rail services unless the infant is to occupy a seat or berth. In this case the infant is to be booked as a child and the Child fare applies.
Childrens Rate $3459.00
Single Supplement (if applicable) $3111.00
Read reviews of The Ghan Expedition - 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS - Gold Twin share cabin (Darwin to Adelaide) from other travellers:
Pluses: NT Standby were very helpful and informative. The Ghan was running very late through no fault of their own but there appeared to be no plan B and if there was it was so poorly executed our start to the trip was awful. Could have been improved by a glass of bubbles when we finally made it to the station after 2 hours in a bus. The staff great, meals good, organization and communication bad.
Reviewed by: Jacqui, October 2018
Once in a lifetime experience really loved it food and drinks very sumptuous staff fantastic thanks
Reviewed by: Ray, August 2018
Trip exceeded my expectations, staff were courteous and VERY hardworking; everything ran like clockwork. Booking with NT standby is thoroughly recommended - so much more straightforward than a travel agent.
Reviewed by: Mary, July 2018
Greatest train ride in the world, you will not be disappointed
We took the Darwin Adelaide journey, great tours & sceneries, excellent service and food on board, lots of little surprises and the staff do go out to their way to make sure we are comfortable and happy .. / J&S
Reviewed by: Joshua, July 2018
Platinum was great except room was too small. Staff were wonderful and food was good. Second trip and just as good.
Reviewed by: Judith, July 2018
A really great experience for my wife and I. All the staff from start to finish were excellent. Courteous and helpful. The seating lady at first dining was a little bossy, but she had to be. The tall blonde with pony tail had a great sense of humour. Loved it. Because Coober stop required a lot of driving. Pain eased by great underground meal and well placed drinks at dingo fence and return
Reviewed by: Tony, July 2018
Great service, great scenery, great excursions, great staff, great food.
Would do it all again.
Reviewed by: Linda, June 2018
This is one of the best holidays I have had in Australia. The whole trip was very professionally run, with excellent food and excursions. The staff were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble and they worked very hard to make sure we had the best time possible. I would highly recommend it and am not surprised that some people were there for a second or third time.
Reviewed by: Alison, May 2018
Wonderful wonderful trip - everyone should do it. Absolutely highly recommend. You are so spoilt - the staff are wonderful & the logistics of what they accomplish mind blowing. We loved it & didn't want to get off. Slept like a log & didn't have to lift a finger to do a thing.Meals & tours just fabulous & we were accompanied on all our off train excursions by Ghan staff. A big thank you to all.
Reviewed by: Denise, October 2017
EVERYTHING ABOUT THE TRIP WAS AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN.
I DID WRITE A REVIEW ON BOARD BUT IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO FOLLOW UP GOOD EXPERIENCES WITH A WRITTEN WORD.
MY EXTRA THANKS GO TO ntstandby Cyndee & Dino.
Reviewed by: Val, September 2017
An awesome experience, excellent staff, wonderful food and tours. Highly recommend The Ghan Expedition!!
Reviewed by: Penelope, August 2017
We had a wonderful holiday. The staff were very competent and fun which made the trip so much more enjoyable. We were able to select what excursions we wanted and the descriptions were accurate so we made the most from each stop. Our Alice Springs dinner was excellent far better than we expected. Thank you to the staff and organizers of The Ghan
Reviewed by: Susan(Jill), July 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our Ghan experience. The staff are wonderful, the food is simply delicious., the hospitality is warm and professional, the beds are comfy , the off train excursions are very good indeed. We are happy and are recommending it to others. Well done
Reviewed by: Denise, July 2017
My wife and I enjoyed our trip and are glad we have experienced a trip on the Ghan. The excursions to Katherine Gorge, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy were wonderful experiences and we were catered for very well considering the harsh and remote locations and warm weather. Our criticisms would be too expensive compared to other trips. Very cramped in the gold double bunk cabins. Long walk through.
Reviewed by: Martin, June 2017
Wonderful trip exceeded my expectations. I was concerned about the small cabin size and it was much as I expected. However. the service, the off train excursions, the meals and drinks all inclusive made it a great vacation. The staff were fantastic. We travelled from Darwin to Adelaide in October 2016 and loved our stops at Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy.
Reviewed by: Mary, October 2016
A wonderful experience, the staff were excellent.
Reviewed by: Kerry, October 2016
Brilliant experience it really exceeded our expectations. The staff were great and excusions interesting and varied. Would recommend.
Reviewed by: John, September 2016
Our experience was wonderful. From the friendly staff, clean comfortable cabin and incredible meals and tours.
Reviewed by: Penelope, August 2016
The Ghan Expedition - 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS - Gold Twin share cabin (Darwin to Adelaide)
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